Rep. Johnson to tour solar cell manufacturer Suniva

February 17, 2010
Press Release

Norcross clean energy company hiring with stimulus funds:

 LITHONIA, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) will tour solar cell manufacturer Suniva’s Norcross facility on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Suniva, which operates a solar cell plant in Norcross, GA, is a world leader in the production of high-efficiency silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Suniva has received $5.7 million in tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the “stimulus package.”  The company recently announced that it will add 50 new jobs at its Norcross facility.

Praising Suniva’s decision to hire more Fourth District workers, Congressman Johnson stressed the importance of job creation, energy independence, and environmental protection. “We face a jobs crisis, an energy crisis, and an environmental crisis.  I am working with President Obama to support businesses that will create jobs while leading us to a cleaner, energy- independent future.”

The Recovery Act provided $2.3 billion for clean energy manufacturing projects.  Since January 2009, Congressman Johnson has delivered more than $200 million in federal funds to support job creation in the Fourth District.

“There is no question that Georgia can put people to work and power our state with clean and efficient energy, but there is a lot of push to take us in the opposite direction” said Jennette Gayer, a policy advocate with Environment Georgia. “Right now utility companies want to invest in two new coal plants in Georgia. We need clean energy leaders like Congressman Johnson and innovative businesses like Suniva to make a clean energy economy a reality.”

Who: Congressman Johnson, representatives of Suniva, members of the Black Chamber of Commerce and Environment Georgia.

Where: Suniva Solar Cell Manufacturing Facility – 5775 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Norcross, GA 30092

When: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 3 p.m.

What: Environment Georgia, a Georgia-based environmental advocacy organization, will take Congressman Hank Johnson on a tour of Suniva’s solar cell manufacturing facility. Members of the Black Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Suniva and the Southern Alliance for Clean will also attend.

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